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Choctaws excel at 10th Annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair in Norman



Choctaws excel at 10th Annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair in Norman

   Several Oklahoma students received honors at the 10th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair, held April 2 and 3 at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman.

   The competition drew more than 650 participants in grades Pre-K through 12 from across Oklahoma and other states. Students competed in spoken language, language with song, poetry, poster art, book, language advocacy essay and multimedia categories.

   The museum prepared special gifts in celebration of 10 successful years of the Native American Youth Language Fair. Language kits were handed out to participants and attendees, to encourage participants to continue learning native languages.

   Each person, team or school also received a 2012-2013 calendar commemorating celebrating 10 years of Language Fair Poster Art. The museum displayed "A Decade of Posters" in the Directors Gallery through April. These posters are from past winners of the Poster Art competition. Panels of Native American elders, teachers, artists and authors from many different tribes judged the competitions. At this year's event, students competed in 38 different Native American languages, an all-time high for the fair.

   The Presenting Sponsors for the 2012 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair were the Boeing Company, the Cyril Fund and the Sam Noble Museum. Additional support was provided by University Silkscreen.

   Application materials and information for the 2013 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair will be available through the museum's Native American Languages department in January.

 
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